Service: Air Force

Last Rank : Wing Commander

Unit : 113 FAC , AF

Station : Air Force Station, Hindon

Year of Martyrdom : Feb 15, 2018

Wing Commander Dushyant Vats

Wing Commander Dushyant Vats was commissioned into the IAF in the flying branch and was trained as a helicopter pilot. During his service, Wg Cdr Vats served in various Air Force bases and evolved into an ace pilot having expertise in undertaking diverse operational missions. He had the experience of flying different types of helicopters available in the IAF  and was a professionally competent pilot capable of handling various operational tasks.

 

During 2017-18, Wg Cdr Vats was posted at 113 FAC unit based at Air Force Station Hindon. In Feb 2018, he was sent to the Air Force base at Jorhat in Assam for an operational task. He was married to a Military Nursing Officer, Major Kumud Dogra and the couple had a daughter.

 

Microlight Aircraft crash : 15 Feb 2018

 

On 15 Feb 2018, Wing Cdr Dushyant Vats and Wg Cdr Jaipaul James based at Air Force station Jorhat in Assam were assigned an operational task. The pilots in their Virus SW-80 Microlight aircraft took off from the Air Force Station around 12.30 PM. Both of them were experienced helicopter pilots and had undertaken numerous operational missions in their service career. The assigned task was a routine task for them and did not demand any special skills on their part.

 

The aircraft after taking off had moved around 20 Km from the station when around 1 PM, the pilots experienced some technical problem in handling the flight. The technical snag soon turned serious, prompting the pilots to attempt an emergency landing. But the aircraft could not be controlled and crashed at Darbar Chapori, a sandbar in the Brahmaputra in the northern part of Majuli district of Assam. The aircraft went up in flames in which both the pilots were severely wounded and later succumbed to their injuries. Wing commander Dushyant Vats was a committed soldier and an officer par excellence who laid down his life in the service of the nation.

 

Wing Commander Vats is survived by his father Mr KL Sharma, mother Mrs Pushpa Sharma, wife Major Kumud Dogra and a daughter.

In a video shot few days before this tragic accident Wing Commander Vats had remarked :

 

“Follow your dream, follow your heart and discover your passion,”

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31 Comments
  • Sonika Singh

    2018at2:10 pm Reply

    Dear citizens of India,
    Always remember that soldier, who walks arid lands and difficult terrain,
    who fights battles, dies proudly without expectation of a personal gain.
    Extend your gratitude to that mother, who would be shedding tear in the corner remembering her martyred son,
    Remember that daughter who talks to the garlanded photograph of her dad, he was not there to make her childhood more fun.
    Remember that young wife, who battles with the conflicting emotions of loss and pride .
    Remember that old father who will now have to take the hosehold responsibility.
    Remember that this life of peace of security we owe to them
    Cause they voluntarily went to die
    When you and I were ……
    Cause they voluntarily went to die
    When you and I were …

  • Sonika Singh

    2018at2:15 pm Reply

    Dear citizens of India,
    Always remember that soldier, who walks arid lands and difficult terrain,
    who fights battles, dies proudly without expectation of a personal gain.
    Extend your gratitude to that mother, who would be shedding tear in the corner remembering her martyred son,
    Remember that daughter who talks to the garlanded photograph of her dad, he was not there to make her childhood more fun.
    Remember that young wife, who battles with the conflicting emotions of loss and pride .
    Remember that old father who will now have to take the hosehold responsibility.
    Remember that this life of peace of security we owe to them
    Cause they voluntarily went to die
    When you and I were ……
    Cause they voluntarily went to die
    When you and I were …
    I salute the spirit of this brave son of the soil Wing commandar Dushyant Vats , his courageus wife and family.
    May God rest his soul in peace.

  • Ranjith

    2018at6:51 pm Reply

    jai hind sir..
    a big salute …

  • Vighnesh

    2018at1:12 am Reply

    D Vats was an avid flier. Rest in peace…..

  • Varun Sharma

    2018at1:36 pm Reply

    Followed his dreams, went away doing what he loved doing. Proud of your accomplishments, rest in peace.

    • Swati agarwal

      2020at5:52 pm

      I have been knowing him since childhood. He was a great friend a great man. Never ever thought that with a blink of an eye everything will just go off. I miss him till date. I m realy proud to have had a best friend like him. Miss u always.

  • Vikram Nandkishore Dave

    2019at4:05 pm Reply

    I have been associated with the family for the last 20 years, especially Shri K L Sharma.
    “NATION FIRST” is a trait in the family. My profound gratitude to the Martyr and the Family. I pray the Lord that his soul rests in peace and give his wife, daughter, Smt. and Shri K L Sharma and family the courage to bare the loss.. The nation has lost a selfless citizen. PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE FAMILY

  • Abhimanyu yadav

    2020at1:43 am Reply

    Jai Hind sir, a big salute to you, you will be always live long in our hearts, Indian air Force will miss you a lot

  • Arti Lal

    2020at5:56 pm Reply

    Dushyant, I’m glad to have known you.
    You have and will always hold a special place in my heart.
    Rest well and see you on the other side.

  • Animesh Nath

    2021at4:15 pm Reply

    A token of love and honour to the martyrdom of the truly brave soldiers, who have laid their lives for our country. You will always be remembered and will be in the heart of every Indians. No one except those brave souls could have protected their motherland better. May their soul rest in peace and may the almighty strengthen their family.

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